Victory never tasted so sweet.
The Greenville Indians went up against the Westwood Lumberjacks in a doubleheader March 26 and racked up runs in both games to win 16-1 and 11-1. The wins brought Greenville’s record up to 4-2 overall.
The victories came with a sigh of relief for the Indians, as their record against Westwood has not always been so hot. Westwood had won the last nine games.
“We’re making good progress, but we still have a long way to go,” said Greenville coach Mike Chelotti. “This last series, though, we played well in every facet. Our hitting and pitching were both really solid, and it felt good to get a win.”
In the first game, Greenville scored seven runs in the first inning.
Westwood responded with its only of the game. The Indians added two runs in the second, two in the third and five in the fourth.
Donnie Housen pitched the entire game for the Indians. The game was called after the fourth inning because of Greenville’s sizable lead.
James Martinez hit a two-run homer in the third, driving home Ray Talavera. Martinez nearly homered three other times, knocking the ball to the fence each time.
The Indians started the second game much like the first. Greenville scored four runs in the first inning, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and three more in the sixth. After the sixth inning the game was called.
Andy Fairbanks pitched the first four innings and didn’t allow a run. Tyler Mecum took over in the fifth, and Westwood scored a single run in the sixth.
The Indians played at their peak during the series with a total of 26 hits. Greenville made just one error over the two games. All the Indians’ players seemed to have itchy feet, as well, with 28 stolen bases.
“We just ran,” said Chelotti, describing Greenville’s steals. “Westwood’s pitchers were a little slow throwing the ball, so we took advantage of that.”
Greenville’s next game is April 9 against American Christian Academy. Due to cancellations and unfavorable weather and field conditions, the game against American Christian will be Greenville’s first home game of the season.